Rudiment Grooves for Drum Set

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95
  • Format: Book/CD
  • Pages: 64
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-87639-009-2
  • SKU: 50448001
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2003

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Turn those standard 26 rudiments into mind-blowing grooves, fills, and solos.

All that rhythmic sophistication you hear great drummers do can easily be broken down into its basic elements: the rudiments. Rudiments are the drum language; a basic vocabulary of rhythms that drummers arrange and rearrange when they play grooves, solos, and fills. This book shows you how to apply them to the drum set in all styles of music. When you start combining the hands and feet, orchestrating different parts of the rudiments between the various drums and cymbals on your set, you’ll start to make inspired music.

50 illustrated grooves are reinforced with the accompanying CD; hear how the rudiments sound when you apply them to the drum set. Discover how these basics become the foundation for all grooves and moves, including:

  • Single and Double Strokes
  • Stroked Rolls
  • Drags
  • Flams
  • Paradiddles double paradiddles, paradiddle grooves and fills
  • Combinations

Your choices of accents, tempos, style, and feel are what will ultimately make the rudiments into music. Learning and internalizing them will help you expand your vocabulary to play creative grooves, fills, and solos. Use RUDIMENT GROOVES to create an infinite number of combinations, in any style, and at any tempo.

“Rick Considine has really developed a cool, workable system for using the twenty-six rudiments in beats and grooves…Rudiment Grooves makes an inspirational addition to any drummer’s library.”

Modern Drummer (4 out of 5 stars)

“Breaks seemingly complicated drum set rhythms down to their basic elements.”

—Teaching Music magazine

“A great book by a great drummer. Check it out!”

—Steve Gadd

“Rick Considine makes a compelling case that virtually everything played on the drumset, regardless of style, has its roots in the rudiments and their inversions. The accompanying cd illustrates the endless musical possibilities when orchestrarting these single and double stroke combinations on the drumset.”

—Rod Morgenstein, Dixie Dregs, Winger, Rudess Morgenstein Project- author of ‘Drum Set Warm-Ups’

“Rick Considine has now given every drummer the opportunity to create modern, infectious grooves within any musical genre. He has taken the use of the 26 classic rudiments to a new level.”

John King, Director of Education, Zildjian Cymbal Company

Rudiment Grooves for the Drumset threatens to become the Rosetta Stone of drumming. There has been no clearer demonstration of how to comprehend and apply the rudiments in every facet of drumming. Thanks Rick!”

—Ron Savage, Chair, Ensemble Department Berklee College of Music Founder/Director Abundant Life Music Instruction


Rick Considine

Rick Considine is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. He was a former percussion instructor and drum set…